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Browns WR Josh Gordon Officially Has Suspension Reduced to 10 Games

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For the past week or two, it's pretty much been understood that Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would have his one-year ban turned into a 10-game suspension. However, it wasn't "official" until the Friday afternoon. The NFLPA released the following statement on behalf of Gordon:

"I’m happy that the NFLPA and NFL worked hard to agree on a new Substances of Abuse policy.  I’m very thankful to my union for fighting for a significant reduction in my suspension.  I’m glad I can go to the facility during my suspension. I look forward to going to meetings, working out individually, and learning from my coaches and teammates. I can’t wait until game 11 to get back on the field!"

For some context, here are the games that Gordon will miss and which games he'll be back for:

Week Date Away Home Time TV
1 9/7/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
1:00 PM CBS
2 9/14/2014 New Orleans Saints
vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX
3 9/21/2014 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
1:00 PM CBS

5 10/5/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans
1:00 PM CBS
6 10/12/2014 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
7 10/19/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
1:00 PM CBS
8 10/26/2014 Oakland Raiders
vs. Cleveland Browns 4:25 PM CBS
9 11/2/2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX
10 11/6/2014 Cleveland Browns vs.
Cincinnati Bengals
8:25 PM NFLN
11 11/16/2014 Houston Texans
vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
12 11/23/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons
1:00 PM CBS
13 11/30/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
1:00 PM CBS
14 12/7/2014 Indianapolis Colts
vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
15 12/14/2014 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
16 12/21/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers
1:00 PM CBS
17 12/28/2014 Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
1:00 PM CBS

If you are optimistic about the Browns' soft schedule after the bye week, then Gordon is coming back at the right time. Cleveland might be able to beat the likes of Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Houston without Gordon. Gordon's first game back is against the Falcons, a team that appears to be "back" this year as a top contender in the NFC. Gordon's return also includes two division games, the Colts, and the Panthers.

Gordon will now be permitted inside the Berea headquarters to work out and attend meetings. Basically, the only restriction will be that he can't actually take part in practice. Browns GM Ray Farmer released the following statement upon being informed of the news:

"We are aware of the new NFL policy related to the reduction of Josh Gordon's suspension to 10 games. We will continue to support and work with him under the NFL guidelines throughout this process. Our team's focus right now remains on preparing for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens."

The bye week will actually be the perfect time to re-integrate Gordon into the facility. Are you excited about the news becoming official, Browns fans? I had dreamed of being able to start off an article with the headline, "Vindicated!" if Gordon were to get off completely free, but this does feel like a form of vindication, nonetheless.